Joe's a suburban convenience store clerk with big dreams of becoming a cowboy so he packs his boots and relocates to South Texas to learn from the real deal. His idea of the mythic cowboy is quickly shattered however when he finds himself holed up in a town that survives on a human smuggling trade.

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Elysa
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Indio
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Kenneth
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Tito
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Wyatt
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Joe's a suburban convenience store clerk with big dreams of becoming a cowboy so he packs his boots and relocates to South Texas to learn from the real deal. His idea of the mythic cowboy is quickly shattered however when he finds himself holed up in a town that survives on a human smuggling trade. A few nightmarish twists and turns and Joe's given the opportunity to live out his dream when a family of Mexican immigrants facing certain death need his help. Written by WJM

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Cowboy Smoke was inspired by the Victoria immigrant tragedy, in which 19 Mexicans suffocated in a truck after being smuggled across the border. The movie was subsequently filmed on location at the Fagan Ranch which is 10 miles from where the tragedy occurred. See more »

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The opening credits were done in rotoscope animation to pay homage to the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s. See more »

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Follows Wesley Cash (2004) See more »

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Highly Entertaining
3 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I screened this film during the Austin Film Festival. I hadn't watched a western film in quite sometime, so when I came across this flick I thought I should give it a chance after reading some positive reviews. I was more than pleasantly surprised. There was a great balance of humor and serious subject matter pulled straight from recent headlines. I found myself contemplating the subject matter after I left the theater, which spurred discussion between me and some friends. I feel if a director can pull off entertaining the audience while encouraging self-introspection that they have indeed created a film worth watching. I definitely recommend this film to anyone.


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